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Hard Water: Why You Should Hate It!

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You live in PA, you know all about hard water, right?

Smells a little funny….

Who cares?

Looks cloudy coming out of the tap…


Dries out your skin and damages your hair…

You don’t love that.

Ruins your clothes…

Really? Not great news.

Costs you thousands in replacing damaged appliances/plumbing…

WHAT?! That’s the last straw!

Read on to learn about the MANY negative effects of hard water, how to know if you have it, and what you can do to eliminate it.

What is Hard Water?

Simply put, hard water is fresh water containing “hard” minerals such as magnesium and calcium. In this context, hard water refers to water brought into homes for personal use.

Is it dangerous?

Hard Water is not inherently dangerous to your health. However, it can:

  • Ruin your clothes.

  • Makes you look worse, by damaging your skin and hair.

  • Waste thousands of your dollars, by damaging plumbing/appliances.

It doesn’t cause disease, you probably hate it anyway.

Do I Have Hard Water?

If you live in South Central PA, the answer is likely yes.

Would you prefer to be more scientific in your inquiry? A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing expert can test your home’s water, on the spot. Bring someone out today!

Hard Water Problems

Find out what those minerals do, and will continue to do, to you and your things.

Get ready to be surprised.

Skin and Hair

Hard water injures your hair and skin because you immerse yourself in it while showering.


Hard water leaves behind “hard” minerals after the water itself dries. These minerals leech the healthy oils from skin, leaving your complexion dry, irritated, and all-around less attractive.

In addition, some international medical studies, link the desiccant quality of hard water to eczema, particularly in younger children.


In the same way it injures skin, the minerals leave your hair looking dry, brittle and lifeless.

Beauty bloggers write about how to combat the effects with cosmetic treatments. We have a better solution for them though.

Keep reading to find out.


The same hard water that attacks your good looks in the shower pumps through the washing machine to clean your clothes.

Binding to the active ingredients in the detergent, the minerals prevent laundry from becoming truly clean. Clothes washed in hard water look dingy and dirty and feel rough to the touch.


This is the big one. This is the thousand dollar+ risk.

NOBODY, wants to get robbed by losing years off the lifespan of their appliances.

Just like they do to your skin and hair, the hard minerals bind to the insides of your plumbing and appliances. Over time, those minerals form deposits that stop the flow of water or break the appliance completely.

The most common hard water casualties:

  • Hot water heater

  • Washing machine

  • Dishwasher

  • Water pipes

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Lancaster to the Rescue

If you have hard water, at this very moment, it is flowing into your house.

Every shower you take, the hard minerals hurts your skin and hair.

Every time you do your dishes or wash your clothes, the water flows through your appliances, forming deposits, breaking them a little at a time.

Feel a little out of control?

Technically you are. You can’t exactly call your municipality and ask for better, softer water.

Don’t worry, though.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Lancaster has your back. We offer a variety of water treatment options—ones that filter out minerals before the water enters your home.

Our whole house water softener attaches to your water line and blocks the “hard” minerals before they ever make it inside.


Does hard water have any redeeming qualities?

Well, if you drink hard water, the magnesium and calcium can help build strong bones—which is a plus.

But those minerals can also damage your skin and hair.

Ruin your nice clothes.

And cost you thousands, by destroying your appliances and ruining your plumbing.

Bottom line: take a multivitamin for strong bones and get on the phone with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.

Contact Ben Franklin Plumbing to discuss installing a water softener and all of your plumbing needs.